What to do in Montrose, CO

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Montrose featuring a sunset and a gorge or canyon

Montrose Attractions

Located in the heart of the Colorado countryside, Montrose offers visitors a glimpse into life in the old west. Surrounded by some of the most pristine landscapes in the United States, the town is the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, while several more national forests and conservation areas are just a stone’s throw from this peaceful community. Perfect for families looking to escape the modern world and adventurers who want to explore the canyons, forests, waterfalls and valleys in this stunning part of Colorado, Montrose will make the ideal base for an unforgettable rural retreat.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Montrose

Montrose – With a population of just under 20,000, the small town of Montrose punches well above its weight when it comes to attractions. From cycling and golf to driving and kayaking, there’s plenty here to keep even the most energetic holidaymaker happy for weeks.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – The most famous attraction of this breathtaking national park is the sheer-sided canyon that runs through it. Hiking trails surround the canyon, with a number taking visitors past historic Native American sites and past stunning mountain scenery.

Uncompahgre National Forest - Covering almost a million acres of unspoiled Colorado countryside, the Uncompahgre National Forest is made up of snow-capped peaks, wide open prairies and meandering rivers. The attraction that brings most visitors to the park is the road that runs through it. Known as Million Dollar Drive, this incredibly scenic route is a must for all fans of road trips.

San Juan Mountains – Home to some of the quieter, lesser-known Colorado ski resorts, the San Juan Mountains are within easy reach of Montrose and winter sports enthusiasts often stop off in the town on their way to and from the slopes.

Things to See in Montrose

Surrounded by some of Colorado’s most beautiful landscapes, it’s no surprise that many of Montrose’s most impressive sights were made by Mother Nature. Walkers can visit the stunning Black Canyon in the nearby national park, while those who prefer to give their legs a rest can enjoy the views along Million Dollar Drive. Visitors who want to learn more about the region’s past should visit the Ute Indian Museum or make a day trip to the Shavano Rock Art Site, one of the most outstanding rock art sites in the world.

Things to Do in Montrose

If you’re a fan of outdoor pursuits, Montrose is the destination for you. The diverse landscape that surrounds the town offers everything from kayaking and golfing to skiing, cycling and driving. Mountains, rivers, plains and valleys are all within easy reach of Montrose, providing locals and visitors with plenty to keep them busy. Hike up into the nearby national park, explore the region’s scenic roads or take advantage of the wild waterways that flow near the town. Thanks to the varied nature of the activities on offer, there’s something to suit every fitness level, every budget and every age group.


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